Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

Meadowhawks as a group are typically late-summer and fall dragonflies, but Autumn Meadowhawks are one of the latest of the season. They’re often found flying well into November on warm, sunny days, or even December at more southern latitudes in mild autumns/winters.

Like many other meadowhawks, the adult males have a red abdomen, while females and immature males are yellow. Individuals of both sexes can be told from other species by their pale legs, which gave them their other common name, Yellow-legged Meadowhawk (other species are black-legged). They’re found through most of the east, and more patchily across the prairies and the west.

They’re usually associated with slow or still water, but like all meadowhawks, can be encountered in gardens and meadow habitats, too, especially those near water.

photo by John Flannery (DrPhotoMoto) on Flickr

(via: Peterson Field Guides)